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Morristown, NJ 973-425-0600 ContactArdmore, PA 610-649-8100
FAQ

Why Elizabeth John’s?

Whether you’re looking for a couture bridal gown or evening wear, you’ll not only find an outstanding range of designers with tremendous depth to each line, you’ll find extraordinary personal service. We know you’re here to find the dress of your dreams so you’re never rushed or pressured. You’re provided with an experienced personal consultant who will spend private time with you to understand your preferences and personal vision. Trained by the designers of the lines we carry, our staff is extremely knowledgeable. And, whether you purchase with us or not, we’re all committed to making this the beginning of a beautiful experience for you.

Do I need to make an appointment to try on wedding gowns?

Yes. An appointment is required especially when trying on wedding gowns. – after all, we carry over 100 different designs. So a lot of time – both yours and ours – will go into finding you the perfect one. We’ll need information from you.  We’ll need to properly measure you. And you’ll need time to enjoy the most exceptional service and unforgettable experience.

How long can I expect my bridal appointment to be?

At Elizabeth Johns, a trained consultant dedicates 1 1/2 hours per  appointment. During that time you and she will talk about your wedding date, venue, and budget as well as your wedding vision and your personal style.  Once all that is determined, let the fashion show begin!

Who should I bring with me to my appointment?

We recommend you bring the person or person(s) closest to you, whose opinions you respect.  Bringing too many people may be overwhelming and will reduce the time set aside for you to try on dresses.  Too many opinions mean longer discussions.   We want to focus on you, the bride.

Do I need to bring anything to the appointment?

Bring any special undergarments you’re comfortable in, however at Elizabeth Johns, we’ll provide you with a fresh robe, strapless bra, and shoes. We also encourage you to bring pictures of any styles or dresses you’ve seen and loved.

How do I know which style gown will flatter my body type?

Our staff is trained by the designers and their staff to help guide you to the most flattering style for your body type.  Because of our knowledge, we may encourage you to try on some different silhouettes and allow us to accessorize you to enhance your look even further.

What sizes do you carry?

Our sample gowns offer a large array of sizes to accommodate all shapes and sizes. Additionally, during the try-on process your consultant has special techniques she’ll use to achieve the closest fit possible.

How do I know what size I need?

Our consultants and seamstresses are expertly trained to measure you and determine the best size to order.  Each designer uses different size charts based on measurements very different from off-the-rack garments.  It’s more likely than not that your wedding gown size will not match your everyday size.

Do I need a separate appointment for my veil and accessories?

While accessories play a major part in your finished look, you don’t necessarily need to set up a separate appointment.  Your consultant will accessorize the dresses you try on to give you a true picture of your look.  If you find your perfect dress, your consultant will take time with you to choose accessories during the remainder of your appointment.  Of course if you wish to see more veils and accessories, you are invited back through an accessory appointment so you can have all the time you need to see everything.

How far in advance do I need to order my gown?

On average, it takes at least 16 weeks. The general rule of thumb is six to nine months. If your lead time is shorter, we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Lead times differ with each designer and rush fees may apply.

Are alterations available in-house?

Yes. We offer expert alterations by highly trained seamstresses who specialize in bridal gowns. Alterations are not included in the price of your gown.  We offer you specialized packages to assist in your alterations process.

How many fittings will I need?

We offer three fittings:  First-Fit, Second-Fit and Check-Fit to ensure you’re absolutely satisfied with your gown.

Can I pick up my dress from you?

Yes. Your dress will be expertly pressed and packed in an opaque garment bag for pick up prior to your special day.  Each bride is given a special gift at the time of pick up.

What if I want an evening gown, not a wedding gown?

We can certainly accommodate you.  Along with our couture wedding gowns, we also carry over 200 couture evening gowns.  And we have consultants that specialize in both. We’re just as pleased to show you one as the other.

What is a Trunk Show?

A trunk show is a special in-store event where a designer’s newest collection is featured. It’s an excellent opportunity for brides to preview and purchase brand new styles before they become available in stores. The designer or representative is often present to show the line as well as answer any questions.

How can I tell the price range of a gown?

$ = 1,500 to 3,000

$$ = 3,001 – 5,000

$$$ = 5,001 – 7,000

$$$$ = 7,001 – 10,000

$$$$$ =  10,000 +

Can you tell me more about veils?

Once you’ve picked your perfect wedding dress, you need to pick your perfect wedding veil.  It’s the second most important part of your look. Dress and veil need to complement each other. So let’s talk veils.

Blusher – A blusher veil covers the bride’s face before she’s gone from Miss or Ms. to Mrs. It may be lifted either by the father of the bride as he gives her away or by the groom right before he kisses her. A blusher should fall between the bottom of the neck and the bust, and goes with any style or length veil.

Cage – A cage or birdcage veil is just long enough to cover the face. It’s made of netting rather than the traditional fine-mesh veil fabrics. This is a modern, glamorous look that’s quite chic with a sheath silhouette.

Cathedral – A Cathedral veil is floor length and usually worn with formal wedding gowns with trains. This is the most formal veil –they average 120” in length. (On rare occasions, some have been known to reach nine feet along the ground.)

Chapel – A Chapel veil is full length, slightly shorter than a cathedral veil, but still drapes onto the floor (they average about 90” long). This veil also partners with a gown with a train.

Double Tiered – A Double Tiered veil is a veil of two layers, one being longer than the other. Brides often remove one layer after the ceremony and opt to keep the other one on.

Elbow-length – An Elbow-length veil, not surprisingly. reaches to the elbow. While it works with most wedding gowns, it’s not considered very formal.

Fingertip – A Fingertip veil reaches the fingertips when the arms are relaxed at one’s sides. It’s more formal than shorter styles, less formal than longer ones. This is an ideal in-between length.

Flyaway – A Flyaway veil is short, stopping just above the shoulders. It’s particularly popular for daytime, for a simple gown, a cocktail or tea length dress, or a wedding suit.

Mantilla – A Mantilla is a longish, Spanish-style circular piece of lace (or tulle with lace edging) that frames the face. The look can be very romantic.   

Note:  The long and short of it is, choose what makes you feel the most beautiful.

Can you tell me more about that fabric?

Alencon Lace – handmade lace originating in Alençon, France. Known as the “Queen of lace,” It dates back to around 1675. During the French Revolution, when lace-making fell into disfavor, it was the Carmelite nuns of Alencon who preserved this technique.

Chantilly Lace – a handmade lace named for Chantilly, France. Known for its fine ground, outlined pattern, and abundant detail, it was originally made of black silk. Later white versions were made in linen and silk and were favorites of Marie Antoinette.

Chiffon – translucent with a soft drape that makes it perfect for eveningwear, especially as an overlay, to give an elegant, floaty appearance to a gown. Its delicate edges must be bound or have French seams to prevent fraying.

Crepe – lightly textured with a matte finish and a fluid drape. It’s often made of silk and used for slim silhouettes.

Crinkle Chiffon – has the sheer look and texture of chiffon, but with added stiffness. It’s popular for the same uses.

Duchess Satin -  peau de soir or silk satin often refer to the same luxurious silk which is woven to have a sheen on one side.

Duchess Silk – crisp, medium to heavyweight and lustrous with a slubby texture. Its double weave accommodates threads of different colors so the fabric can give off two hues at once.

Faille – can be woven from cotton, rayon or silk and always has a faint ribbing and a textured feel like grosgrain. It has an excellent drape, so it’s desirable for wedding gowns, and its popularity dates back to the 1940s and 1950s.

Georgette – sheer, lightweight, and crinkly. Originally made of silk and later of rayon or blends, it’s used for dresses, evening gowns and trimmings. It’s springier than the closely related chiffon.

Guipur – a heavy large-patterned decorative lace.

Horsehair -  refers to a braided fabric used in couture dress hems to add body or structure.

Illusion – sheer material giving the illusion of no material.

Paris Garza – fine natural silk with a soft texture and drape.

Silk Organza -  lightweight, crisp and sheer with distinctive body – it’s moldable and has a heightened sheen. You’ll find it often as an overlayer for bridal and evening gowns.

Silk Mikado -  a twill weave with a stiff hand, popular for modern, architectural gowns. It’s less shiny than satin, less matte than crepe and wrinkles less than silk satin.

Silk Shantung – originated from Shantung province in China. It’s a premium silk with a lightly pebbled and ribbed surface. It can be woven with two different colors to create its own iridescence.

Taffeta – from the Persian word for “twisted woven,” originated in Persia during the 16th century. It’s so crisp it rustles when it moves. It can be woven with a dual weave of contrasting colors, providing a striking contrast of reflective hues.

Tulle – a lightweight fine netting often starched. Usually made of silk, nylon or rayon it’s often used for veils, gowns and ballet tutus because it creates a lacy, floating look.

 

Still have questions?

If your questions aren’t listed here please email us at info@elizabethjohns.com and we’ll reply as soon as possible.